Road to the Ruins - Beautiful Sunday

in beautifulsunday •  2 months ago 

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108

Hello again for another part of our adventure here in Bicol Philippines. After our side trip from the monastery, we continued on to our journey to or main destination. We are headed out to see the ruins in Daraga Albay which is one of the most iconic sites in this region. Your visit to Bicol is not complete unless you get to see the ruins. So take a ride again with me today as we head out to visit an iconic site and also surprise you with an unusual treat.

Road to the Ruins


Catch up with the previous parts of our Bicol adventure series

Part 1 The Long and Winding Road to Bicol

Part 2 Balatan Public Market

Part 3 Baresbisan Beach Resort

Part 4 Discovering Life by the Road

Part 5 Embraced by Nature "Hibiscus Camp"

Part 6 A Tranquil Afternoon "Hibiscus Camp"

Part 7 A Charming Mountainside Food Shack

Part 8 The Antlers of Ocampo

Part 9 Nabua Church

Part 10 Divine Mercy Monastery

Coming from the Divine Mercy Monastery travel time by car will take you around 30-40 minutes to reach the site. Quite a short ride but still you would enjoy the provincial ambiance along the way. Stress-free driving as you could see that there are not many vehicles on the roads here.

From here could see the symbol of the region which is the Mayon volcano. Known to be the world's most perfect shaped cone volcano it is one of the main reasons to visit Bicol. The ruins that we will be visiting is also a great spot to view the majestic volcano. Unfortunately at this time, the summit is hidden away by clouds and I am not sure if it would clear up once we get there.

As I mentioned in the previous parts of our travel, Bicol is known for their spicy dishes. The chili called Siling Labuyo is a common plant that almost every household has a plant in their backyard. No meal is complete without the chili. Whether infused into dishes, used as a condiment or just eaten as it is. The Siling Labuyo is loved by many and has been a part of our culture, not only in this region but in the whole country as well. So loved that they even made a bus waiting shed in the form of the chili.

As we were getting closer we were greeted by people who offered ATV rides. If you love outdoors adventure this is an experience that should not be missed.

Some offer an ATV experience for 99 pesos which is around $2.00 USD. They charge by the minute and I am not sure if their offer is good for 15 minutes or 10.

You will be following a trail going up to the foot of the volcano and would cost a lot if you want the full experience. As much as I would like to try it we decided not to as it was almost noontime and was very hot that day.

This would have been an exciting experience if only we came in earlier in the morning and had more time to spend. Maybe next time we visit, we will surely try out the ATV experience. To those who are planning to visit I suggest to come in the morning or later in the afternoon when the sun is not that hot. How would you like to take an ATV ride to the volcano?

We reached the entrance of Cagsawa ruins and everything looks the same in my recollection. Last time I visited was around 7 years ago and the sight of the ruins made me feel like revisiting an old friend. The bell tower if the first thing that you would see and would get you excited if it is your first visit.

Entrance fee is posted by the gate.

8 years old and above - 20 pesos ($.39 USD)

7 years old and below - 10 pesos ($.20 USD)

Parking Fee

Cars - 30 pesos ($.59 USD)

Motorcycle and Tricycle - 20 pesos ($.39 USD)

They also have offers for ATV rides that has two trails that you could follow. There are two trails which are the Green Lava and Black Lava trail, each has its own unique attraction. It would be up to you which adventure trail you would choose.

Before we proceed with the exploration of the ruins it was time to eat first. There are tables available if you choose to bring your food but there are a lot of stalls that offers various local dishes.

If you are looking for souvenirs there are t-shirts for sale and other trinkets to remind you of your visit.

To cool down in this hot weather, a stall offers fresh fruit shakes. Take your pick to enjoy a cool shake made from guyabano, ripe mango, avocado, banana or chocolate shake if you don't like fruits.

We chose a covered spot to have our lunch, my mother in law brought some food with her. To add some more food she bought two other dishes from the stalls. It skipped my mind to take some photos of our lunch as I was starving but I could say that it was a good one.

After that meal, I asked who was up for dessert and of course, everyone wants dessert. As for desert, something unusual caught my eye, "Chili Ice Cream"! I think their passion for the chili has gone overboard here but curiosity was telling me to give it a try. I have never heard of Chili Ice Cream and there is always something inside me that always convinces me to try something new.

They had three levels of hotness for the ice cream and I am not sure if I am willing to try the Level 3. To be on the safe side I chose level 2 and now I just need to find the flavor that I like.

I wanted a level 2 strawberry chili ice cream but this stall only had level 3. So I decided to check out the other stalls to see if they have what I was looking for.

It wasn't hard to look for it as there are a lot of stalls lined up selling the ice cream.

I removed the cover and it just looked like a normal ice cream. I had mixed emotions and imagining how something hot and cold would taste like. It must be the notion that we have that chili is only used for dishes and normally not for desserts.

I took a spoonful and as I placed it in my mouth. I tasted the sweet strawberry flavor of the ice cream and I said to myself, "Seems normal to me". After a few seconds the chili flavor kicked in and I felt the hot chili flavor on my tongue. You know that you are eating something cold but the hot chili tells you otherwise. It was a weird experience but I could say that it was not bad, actually I liked it. Maybe I could handle Level 3 the next time around. Are you willing to give the chili ice cream a shot?

After that hot and cold dessert, I am now ready to explore the ruins. Unfortunately, this ends the first part of the tour and I hope you join me again next time as we explore Cagsawa ruins. Come again with me for the next part to see what is left of this church that was covered by lava during the eruption of Mayon volcano.

Thank you for joining me and I hope you join me again for the second part of the tour in Cagsawa Ruins.



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Chilli ice cream! Why not?

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stress free driving is good.
love the chili/pepper entrance.

Hey @ace108 thanks a lot. Are you willing to try the chili ice cream? Lol

I think not😎

lol at the chilli ice cream hahahaha!!! Just when you think everything is good to go then it smacks you!!! :D It is really good though! Seeing those quad bikes reminds me of our recent holiday to a place called Kagga Kamma and I gave them a go! I never realised just how challenging it is to ride them on rough and rocky terrain! I lasted about 20 minutes and my arms felt like they were going to fall off hahaha!!!

Great Sunday post as usual @watersnake101

Hahaha it was like a trap with no way to go back. Would I be cruel if I offered it to someone not knowing it was chili ice cream? Lol Those ATV bikes is something I would have tried out but I guess I also wouldn't last long with all the vibrations due to the rocky terrain. Well there is always a next time. Thanks @jaynie

Would I be cruel if I offered it to someone not knowing it was chili ice cream?

hahahaha!!! The persons reaction would make it totally worth it either way LOL!

Yeah as for the bikes, I will have to SERIOUSLY build some upper arm muscle for that! hahaha!!! And the fact that I almost overturned into an African thorn bush also makes me weary for a "round two" LOL unless it is is thorn free terrain!


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Nope, I wouldn't be eating chili ice cream. Call me a traditionalist, or just someone who doesn't like chili. :)

Haha it was out of the ordinary right? Who would have thought of making chili ice cream would be out of his or her mind. But surprisingly it sells like crazy there.

Lovely Sunday drive with the family to explore @watersnake101 lunch together, good idea to take some and support local for slight variety.

Some eat chili on their breakfast, lunch and dinner, ice cream definitely is something new to experience!

Yay glad you liked it. Are you willing to go thru the distance and try the hot and cold chili ice cream? Lol.

Yes, I would be willing to try the chili with mango ice cream, sounds very different. Enjoyed dark chocolate with chili last year, became quite popular with many.

I think those ice creams were delicious! that ATV ride looks great, it's a shame you couldn't do it!

Maybe next time I would bring the kids along with me. My daughter loves these kinds of stuff.